Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas Breakfast

Baked French Toast

This recipe can quickly be made Christmas Eve, while the kids are asleep and when you wake you wake up Christmas morning, pop it in the oven and enjoy a cozy Christmas breakfast!

When I was a little girl, my belle Maman would surprise us occasionally with a delicious breakfast of baked french toast. We always knew it was coming because we would see the bread "marinating" the night before. I would dream about having a corner piece. You know the one I'm talking about--the one with the crispy bits. I swear I would fall asleep with a crazy smile on my face. Now it's my turn to make it and wanted to share it with you, Bella's-- so you can make your own memories with it. Your kids will remember and think how fabulous you are.

FYI: Wear an apron. It adds to the ooey-gooey visual memory. ;o) xox



picture taken from renewsing.com


Ingredients

1 loaf French bread / Baguette
8 large eggs
2 cups half-and-half
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
a tiny bit of salt

*3/4 cup chopped pecans (optional)



Directions

Slice French bread into, 1-inch slices. Arrange slices in a buttered 9 by 13-inch flat baking dish, overlapping slices. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, half-and-half, milk, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt and beat with a rotary beater or whisk until blended but not too bubbly. Pour mixture over the bread slices, making sure all are covered evenly with the milk-egg mixture.

*Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.

Good Morning, Bella's!

(The next day)preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Scatter some chopped pecans over French Toast (optional)
Bake for 40 minutes, until puffed and lightly golden. Serve with maple syrup.

YUM, Bella's....Yum!

Ciao!

xox

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